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The Refinement of America: Persons, Houses, Cities

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How did the parlor, parasol, piano lesson, and white-glove style of life and manners come to a nation whose inhabitants, save for the very few ... Show synopsis

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awall3218

Well-written and entertaining

by awall3218 on Jan 7, 2009

Bushman does an excellent job of examining the gentility of America in the seventeenth century until the Civil War. Bushman strongly examines the ways Americans achieved refinement through the objects they purchased, the clothes they wore, the architecture they constructed, and even the way they behaved. An excellent read for anyone interested in these years or in the material culture of American history.

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